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Adding and Customizing Widgets

With the help of widgets, you can integrate contents and functions into different sections of your website. These sections depend on the respective theme that is used.

Widgets are frequently used to display the following contents:

  • Posts
  • Comments
  • Calendars
  • Categories
  • Pages
  • Tag clouds

WordPress provides a number of widgets by default. In addition, you can install more widgets. A large number of free widgets is available here.

Inserting Available Widgets

  1. On the WordPress Dashboard, click Appearance.
  2. Click Widgets.
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  3. Select the widget of your choice.
  4. Select the section where you want the widget to be inserted.
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  5. Click Add Widget.
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  6. Provide the requested information.
  7. Click Save.

Deleting Available Widgets

You are in the Appearance > Widgets menu.

  1. Select the widget you want to delete.
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  2. Click Delete.
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    The widget will be deleted.

Finding and Installing Widgets in Your WordPress Installation

  1. On the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins.
  2. Click Add New.
  3. Enter the keyword of your choice in the search box.
  4. Click Search Plugins.
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    To view a description of the widget, click Details.
  5. To install the widget, click Install Now.
  6. Click OK.
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  7. Enter the login data for your webspace.
  8. Select the desired connection type.
  9. Click Proceed.
    The plugin will be installed.
  10. Click Activate Plugin.
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    The plugin will be activated.

Installing Already Downloaded Widgets

You have already downloaded the widget of your choice.

  1. On the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins.
  2. Click Add New.
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  3. Click Upload.
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  4. Click Browse.
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  5. Select the ZIP file that you have downloaded.
  6. Click Open.
  7. Click Install Now.
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  8. Enter the login data for your webspace.
  9. Select the desired connection type.
  10. Click Proceed.
    The plugin will be installed.
  11. Click Activate Plugin.
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    The widget will be activated.
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